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15 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for the 4th of July

Independence Day: a time to wrap yourself in the colors of Old Glory. Don’t stop at the picnic buffet table—these 15 summer-ready recipes all feature red, white, or blue prominently. Mix and match as the occasion (and your own sense of patriotism) guides you! READ MORE

An Easy Hack to Make Your Gas Grill Burn Hotter

Before summer technically even began, we had conflicted feelings about the liquid propane grill. It’s handy, but only an imperfect substitute for high-temperature grilling over real charcoal. The cart grills many of us have cook like glorified butane burners: The grill marks are never as thick and black as you want them, and there’s no ambient smoke to flavor the food, unless you classify grease flareups as “smoke.” READ MORE

Eat Your Way Through the 13 Colonies on July 4th

July 4th is a day made for embracing your patriotic side, setting off fireworks, and, of course, eating like it’s your civic duty. There are plenty of recipes out there that honor the occasion with some sort of food coloring-heavy red, white, and blue dessert thingamajig. But a real American feast takes it to the max. READ MORE

9 Reasons to Cook Fried Chicken this Weekend

As if you needed an excuse for making fried chicken, National Fried Chicken Day (July 6th) is a holiday worth celebrating. Check out these recipes for fried chicken that will make your mouth water and are a perfect dish to serve for a simple summer supper with a salad or cole slaw. READ MORE

11 Desserts That Show Off Zucchini’s Sweet Side

As a savory ingredient, zucchini tends to split people in two. Some love its juiciness and grassy flavor, others aren’t so keen on its squishy texture. But when it’s baked into something sweet, pretty much anyone can get behind the summer squash. READ MORE

11 Sophisticated (But Simple!) Summer Appetizer Recipes to Serve at Your Next Party

When it comes to party appetizers, there is no fixed ratio of simple to sophisticated. Sometimes the most unadorned, barely manipulated little bites can seem hugely elegant; other times, you can fiddle with a complicated recipe for hours and end up with something that falls flat. These 11 recipes look and taste fancy, but are built on a bedrock foundation of laid-back summer ease. READ MORE

7 Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes for a Sweet Summer

Summer may be the season when you least feel like turning on your oven, but a baking addiction is year round. If you’re craving something sweet but don’t relish the thought of cranking up the heat in your kitchen, the slow cooker can be your best friend. READ MORE

How to Brew Iced Tea, Plus Our 6 Top Iced Tea Recipes

A tall, cool glass of iced tea is one of those signature icons of summer and a timeless symbol of thirst-quenching refreshment. As simple and elementary as it may seem, however, brewing the perfect cup isn’t exactly a straightforward affair. But there are a few things to keep in mind that will have you on your way to a better tasting iced tea.

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9 Smoked Salmon Recipes That Go Beyond the Bagel

Smoked salmon is so incredibly delicious that sometimes it feels like you could eat it for every meal and not get bored. Yet it’s rare that you see it used as much other than as a bagel topping or as a part of an appetizing spread. That’s got to change. READ MORE

9 Cold Noodle Recipes for Hot Days

When the weather gets hot, the hot get slurping. All across Asia, summer tends to be a humid, sweltering affair. Sadists might sweat it out over a steaming hot bowl of ramen or pho. But for the rest, few things help beat the heat like chilled noodles. READ MORE